Q: My door will not latch closed. 2003 Ford Taurus

asked by on January 04, 2017

As I was heading to work this morning, I got in my car and shut the door, turned on the car and got just out of my driveway before I had to stop and close the drivers side door. Every time I shut the door it shuts but doesn't lock in place. I can push it open while I'm driving. My grandad told me to spray WD-40 on the actuator just to see if it could flush out any gunk. It is reasonably cold here in Michigan so I thought the locking mechanism was just frozen. After I heated the car up and got back in the door shut, locked and didn't open unless I pulled the handle. Got out of work for lunch and it happened again. Any advice or solutions are greatly appreciated.

My car has 176000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Door Latch Replacement Get a Quote

Hi there. It sounds like the latch assembly is freezing up. This commonly occurs in cold weather if the latch is old and if there is any debris built up in the latch. In some cases cleaning it out with silicone lubricant will take care of it. Most of the time this will require that the latch be replaced. It is also possible that the handle rod is binding, but that is not as common. You should have a certified mechanic take a look at it, like one from YourMechanic, that can [replace your door latch for you] https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/door-latch-replacement

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

How do I open the hood?

It’s very easy to open the hood, and only takes a few steps: 1. Pull the Hood Release lever, which is located on the bottom left side of the instrument panel. 2. From the front of the vehicle, locate the...

Engine light on vsc light on air bag light blinks slow for 20 sec and fells like engine missfires

Hello, thank you for writing in. If the diagnostic troubleshooting codes are letting you know that you need a new oxygen sensor, then you will want to start there. These will make the car perform terribly, and the other issues...

how many valve lifters do i have in my vehicle?

Most vehicles use regular fuel. If your vehicle says premium fuel only on fuel gauge then you will need to add premium fuel to run the engine properly. As far as lifters you have cam followers if it is an...

My 1999 ford wind star came with a locked glovebox with no key. How do I get into the glovebox without damaging it?

Hello, thank you for writing in. If preventing damage, you have two different options. One is to order a new key from the dealership. The other is to have a professional locksmith pick the lock. These locks are simple enough...

In park, the engine just keeps revving.

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There is an issue with the security system. The security is active and needs to be disabled. If the security is active, then the engine will act out and have a low rpm...

Transfer case shift motor

Hello. C0327 is the trouble code for a malfunction with the transfer case encoder motor as you alluded. This is the electric motor that allows the transfer case to engage into 4wd mode. This code is commonly caused by water...

No power when stopping and pulling out in road

Hello. There are many things that can cause a vehicle to suddenly stall out. You mention that there was an issue with the power windows and door locks, this may be an indicator that the issue is electrical in nature....

My DPFE sensor burned up. What do you think caused this and will it do a new one the same way?

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The delta pressure feedback of EGR (DPFE) sensor was burned up for having too much back pressure on the engine. A plugged catalytic converter or a plugged exhaust muffler will cause the engine...

I just replaced the alternator and replaced it with the new one now when i start the car and i put it on drive it starts to shake

Hi there. When you start an engine and it rattles and vibrates as you've indicated after completing major service or replacement, it's typically caused by a vacuum leak. This can happen if a vacuum line was removed (either accidentally or...

Related articles

How to Keep Your Car Door Hinges from Squeaking
Like any other metallic component, car door hinges need lubrication. The door hinge, door check, and rubber seal are common sources for door noise.
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Farmer
If If you're a farmer, you know that what you need isn’t a used car – it’s a used pickup truck. How else are you going to haul around hay, implements, garden produce, fertilizer, and all the other things you...
How to Keep Your Car Door Hinges from Squeaking
Like any other metallic component, car door hinges need lubrication. The door hinge, door check, and rubber seal are common sources for door noise.